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50 First Dates: Love Songs from the Soundtrack
     

50 First Dates: Love Songs from the Soundtrack

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Reflecting the film's Hawaiian setting, the soundtrack to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's romantic comedy about short-term memory loss, 50 First Dates, features reggae-fied versions of new wave classics. While technically the songs should have been done with slack key guitars and ukuleles, the collection is a pretty fun mix of

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Reflecting the film's Hawaiian setting, the soundtrack to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's romantic comedy about short-term memory loss, 50 First Dates, features reggae-fied versions of new wave classics. While technically the songs should have been done with slack key guitars and ukuleles, the collection is a pretty fun mix of styles that haven't had much to do with each other since the heydays of Blondie, the Police, and Musical Youth. Only one of these groups is represented on the soundtrack -- UB40's version of the Police's "Every Breath You Take," which is pleasant enough but not one of the more inspired pairings on the album. Likewise, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath just isn't a strong enough vocal presence to carry off a natty dread version of the Psychedelic Furs' "Ghost in You." However, Wyclef Jean and Eve's version of the Outfield's "Your Love" is surprisingly genuine, and while Wayne Wonder's version of "Hold Me Now" isn't as fresh as his own work, it's still a decent version of the song. 311's version of the Cure's "Love Song" manages to be faithful to the original and to the concept of the soundtrack, creating a new style -- rasta-goth? -- in the process. Robert Smith and company get another shoutout in the form of Dryden Mitchell's "Friday, I'm in Love," which, unfortunately, isn't as successful as 311's homage. Somewhat predictably, most of the standout tracks on the collection come from the artists with the most reggae credibility; Ziggy Marley's version of the Cars' "Drive" imbues the song with a little more soulfulness than most of the other songs here, while Elan Atias' cover of Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love" contrasts his raspy vocals with the smooth melody. Adam Sandler's closing track, "Forgetful Lucy," is one of his better and more restrained songs in a while; this song, along with the rest of the soundtrack, keeps the emphasis on "romantic" instead of comedy. Still, 50 First Dates is a fun and funny (if gimmicky) collection of love songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Maverick
UPC:
0093624867524
catalogNumber:
48675
Rank:
73263

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Carpenter   Bass Guitar
Santa Davis   Drums
Warren Fitzgerald   Guitar
Ziggy Marley   Synthesizer,Bass
Brooks Wackerman   Drums
Wyclef Jean   Guitar
Gabrial McNair   Guitar,Keyboards
Gwen Stefani   Background Vocals
Tony Kanal   Keyboards
Natasha Pearce   Background Vocals
Elan Atias   Background Vocals
Takashia Akimato   Guitar
Zack Hexum   Background Vocals
Carl Restivo   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Sting   Composer
UB40   Producer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
311   Producer
Perry Bamonte   Composer
Tim Butler   Composer
Daniel Chase   Engineer
Kim Davis   Music Business Affairs
Michael Dilbeck   Executive Producer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Nicholas Hexum   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Eddie Hinton   Composer
Gary Kemp   Composer
Ziggy Marley   Producer
Ian McCulloch   Composer
Colin Mitchell   Engineer
Pattinson   Composer
Will Sergeant   Composer
Chad Sexton   Producer,Engineer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Boris Williams   Composer
Adam Sandler   Composer,Executive Producer
Richard Butler   Composer
Guy Oseary   Executive Producer
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Tim Herlihy   Composer
Marc Moreau   Engineer
Tony Kanal   Programming,Producer
Allen Covert   Composer
Jeff Haddad   Vocal Producer
Pablo Munguia   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jeeve   Vocal Producer
Chip Karpells   Engineer
Shelly Bunge   Music Business Affairs
Robert J. Smith   Composer

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50 First Dates: Love Songs from the Soundtrack 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw the movie, I enjoyed all the music that was in the movie. I was just checking out the list of songs and was wondering, why isn't "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in "reggae" isn't listed. Is it on the soundtrack or not? Thanks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed by the omission of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", too. I had heard this song before and know it is by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. The original is great because it also includes "What a Wonderful World".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too was hoping "Over the Rainbow" by Hawaiian singer, IZ, would be included on this soundtrack. But I think soundtracks that do have it are, "Meet Joe Black" and "Finding Forrester."
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to your CD collection especially if you grew up in the 80's and appreciate the reggae sound. I bought this CD because of Jason Mraz and his version of the classic, I'll Melt With You by Modern English. I loved it and I love all the other remakes of some of my favorite 80's songs by The Cure, The Thompson Twins, etc. It's a great CD to play in the summer while you drive with the top down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs on this album are too similar to each other to make this a really stand-out cd. I bought the cd for 311's cover of the Cure's "Love Song". The other songs are okay, but it's kind of irritating to sit through half an hour of once-beloved 80s songs covered in half-hearted reggae styles. Good for listening to when you're in a good mood, but not something you want to pull out repeatedly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree that this is a fun CD for the 80's revitalization. I feel that the producers of the soundtrack completely missed the boat with the omission of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' That particular song in the movie was so well placed, it was the reason that I felt sentimental and looked for the CD in the first place after the movie ended. I would love to know where to find the track or if it exists?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Besides "Wouldn't it be nice" there are other songs not on the soundtrack like "Just Another Day" and a No Doubt song "Underneath It All"
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Wouldn't it be nice" by the Beach Boys is played twice in the movie-when Lucy is painting and Henry plays it after Lucy's dad gives him the CD-and that song is not on the soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good soundtrack. I like "Love Song". One song that was ommitted was "Wouldn't it be nice" by the Beach Boys. I heard it twice in the movie. Lucy sings it while painting and Henry plays it on the boat after Lucy's dad gives him the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was a bummer that there were so many great songs omitted from this soundtrack. I think they should have made two soundtrack cds just like they did with the movie "the wedding singer". The song "somewhere over the rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was also one of the reasons I bought the soundtrack unfortunetly it was not included on the soundtrack. All in all I did love the soundtrack even though a lot of wonderful songs were missing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago